Q: As a parent of a participant in the upcoming Indonesia trip I am concerned about the recent earthquakes. More specifically, how does WTBD approach the situation and will the trip be altered because of the seismic activity and consequent damage?
A: Thank you for your question Michael. Indonesia is in an active earthquake region with a high level of earthquake activity. There are approximately 4,000 earthquakes across the country per year. Of course, the majority of these are not considered to be significant.
The latest 6.5-6.9 magnitude earthquakes hit the island of Lombok (which neighbours Bali) and neighbouring Sumbawa Island. Our programs do not go to Lombok or the surrounding islands. As a result, we will not be rerouting our course.
I’m more than happy to chat on the phone if you would like more information. The instructor team will also be posting a tentative itinerary in the next couple of weeks so you will have more of an idea of where the group will be.
Thank you again.
SEA Program Director.